Russell to Saskatoon, Tuesday, 26 June 2012, Day 22

the prairies

A good night kip I got up and it was still a bit overcast but still warm I slowly broke down my campsite and packed the bike no one around so quite and peaceful. I headed out to get some breakfast the usual at Tim’s it was a bit hot and sweaty as there was no showers at the free camping so looked a bit worse for wear as I hit the road it was interesting for a short while I saw some dear then I nearly squashed a snake that was crossing the road yuk and then the road turned into a straight flat one with very little traffic big yawn hard to focus and sticky and hot to add to me woes.

Old car for Sale

So instead of looking at the scenery I start looking at the sky which is excellent and pretty however it is getting darker and darker and then before I know it I am watching a great electrical storm in the distance and the wind is picking up and blowing me all over the road mmmm should I be out in this and the chap I spoke to earlier did mention tornado warnings around Saskatoon area this morning mmm so what did I do I nailed it trying to stay ahead of the rain its was on the fine line if I was going fast enough then I would not get wet as the speed will dry the rain if it is not raining to hard eventually I decided to pull over and get the wet weather kit out and continue at a more reasonable rate to Saskatoon no point in taking any unnecessary risk and it was raining so that the roads had turned greasy and a lot of wind debris on the road so I doodled into town for the last hour.

Dull scenery except for these every now and again

At least the weather made the dull route a bit livelier. I headed straight to the tourist info to try and find some cheap digs and I was debating on pushing through as weather was crap and I was wet already but they told me of place which was reasonable price and as I had a free night last night was feeling a bit more generous with the budget. So I headed there booked in and had a shower as I was a bit pongy and I headed into town as there was yet another festival this time it was a Jazz festival it is a Tuesday so a bit quite. I was there 5 minutes when they shut the whole place down due to lightning threats in the area so I head to the mall to see if I could find a food court for some cheap nosh but this is shut at 5.30pm so I found a small Vietnamese restaurant and had the days special fried beef and prawn with noodles which was good as I had not eaten since breakfast. It was now pissing down outside so not ideal for sightseeing so I headed back to the lodge and got soaked to the skin. I had to get across the river on a bridge that had a footpath on it but as the cars went past you got sprayed and there was no escape as the was no shelter and this was the only way home so was well pissed of but not a lot I could do but laugh like an idiot much to the surprise and amusement of a passer by who was also getting soaked by every passing car. I am now dry and the plan is to go to Edmonton to check out a couple of Suzuki dealers to see if they can service my bike and put a couple of new tyres on for me I am not sure if they will need some lead time but I want to check them out before letting them do any work as just looking on the internet does not always give me confidence. If they need some lead time before the service the plan B is to go and play between Jasper, Banff and Calgary until they are ready for me as there is  plenty of nice countryside to rediscover as I have been in that area before and I had enjoyed it.

Sound of Music Saskatoon


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